How to make a mini folder for photos

Last week, I became a grandmother, and  have taken approximately a thousand photos since then.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Of course,  my husband and I

want to be able

to carry pics around with us,

and to be able to add

more pics to the stash easily.

I decided to make

miniature file folders

to hold the pics,

and am just tickled pink

with the way they have

turned out.

They are really quick and easy to make, so make great little gifts to tuck into cards and letters to friends and relations.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

One legal size file folder

makes 4

mini photo file folders.

Take a craft knife

and cut down the fold.

Then fold each piece in

half again and cut

apart on the fold.

 by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Fold it in half.

Trim the upper

corner  to round

it off.

Fold the bottom

up about an inch

and a half.

Press all folds firmly.

Cut a ‘V’ shape

piece out at the lower edge

to facilitate folding.

Save the scrap of paper.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Go check your recycling to

find an old tea box or

other lightweight card stock box.

If you have a round

punch, punch out a

one inch circle.

If you don’t have a punch

trace around a quarter and

use scissors to cut it out.

This is to make the button

for the closure on the

front of the mini folder.

Place the circle of card stock

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

on the edge of

of the front of

the mini folder

close to the

mid line.

Push a craft knife

through both

the circle and

the folder to make

a slot.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

You’ll need a connector.

I love stationery stores

and neat little stationery

stuff, so I used one of

those nifty brass

2 prong  fastener thingies.

Push it through

the slot and then

fold the prongs

open on the back.

If you don’t have a brass

fastener, don’t cut the slot,

and sew a small  button on.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

Now, you’ll use the

triangle that you snipped

out of the lower fold.

You don’t want

the prongs from

the fastener

to scratch the photos

so, use the triangle

to cover them up.

Glue the triangle

over the prongs, and

you won’t have to worry

about it causing problems.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

To make the other

half of the closure,

thread embroidery floss

or yarn into

a sharp craft needle,

and take it

through the back of

the folder

right in line

with the

circle on the front

of the folder.

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

And, Voila!

or as some folks say:

Wallah! :D

You have made

a dandy little

folder to carry

around photos

of your sweet babies

and other loved ones!

I have to admit that

I pop mine into a small

plastic bag because

my purse is so full of

stuff that could wear the

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright

folder out, and that wouldn’t do.

Oh, for goodness sake!

I forgot to

mention to

glue your

fave pic

onto the front of

the mini photo file.

That’s my grandson’s

hand grasping my

finger just moments

after his birth….

now THAT is a moment to treasure!

I hope that this mini  photo file will be something that will work for your treasured photos too….

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    • http://www.acreativedreamer.blogspot.com ACreativeDreamer

      Aww, Noreen, how precious is that? What a sweet photo and a great item to be carrying those baby pics in! One of the gentlemen I work with became a grand dad for the first time a few weeks ago, I think I’ll make him and his wife both a few of these to carry to show off their grand baby too!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thank you June! They are really handy… not only for photos, but for mementos, too… One of our dear friends send us a gorgeous postcard, and it’s in my folder now too…

    • Aleksa

      This is a fabulously wonderful design, with clear instructions. I want to make a ton! Thank you.

    • http://www.witchofstitches.blogspot.com Elizabeth K

      What a terrific idea Noreen! Thanks for sharing.
      XO

    • http://www.mixed-media-artist.com Cyndi L

      You’re going to need about a million of these cute little albums, Noreen! Congratulations :-)

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      You are so right about that, Cyndi! LOL This is one very well photographed baby! :)
      and thank you….

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Hi Aleksa
      They’re really fun to make… and so handy to be able to slip into a bag or pocket!

    • http://www.hankeringforyarn.com Noreen Crone-Findlay

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I love coming up with projects like this!

    • http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/ Eileen

      Thanks for a great idea! The photo is beautiful.

      I use little ziploc bags for protecting delicate things in my purse. Perfect size; easy to close; and nothing falls out.

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